July 29 is National Lasagna Day in the U.S. and while the dish has its roots in Italy, many Americans have grown to love this flavored, layered treat. But did you know that lasagna dates back to the Middle Ages? It wasn’t until the 19th century when the popular dish made its way to the United States, after which the recipe was interpreted in many ways. In fact, today there are a number of lasagna recipes you can try in honor of Lasagna Day 2020. Fun fact, lasagna is the favorite dish of the widely popular cartoon character, Garfield. So to celebrate Lasagna Day 2020, we’ve rounded up some new recipes to try and some baking essentials to craft delicious, crowd-pleasing homemade lasagna with the family.
Lasagna Day 2020: 5 Recipes You Must Try
Photo by Julia Gartland, Recipe by Emma Laperruque at Food52
This delectable lasagna recipe by Emma Laperruque uses a loaf pan instead of a standard shallow baking dish. After baking, cool then chill the lasagna completely before slicing it into thick slabs. These are then pan-fried in a skillet with oil to get that charred, crispy texture you’d like to achieve. While it adds extra steps to a slightly complex recipe, it does make for a new twist to traditional lasagna. Grab the recipe at Food52.
Kale and Italian Sausage Lasagna with Pumpkin Béchamel
Photo by Mark Weiberg, recipe by Mary Catherine Tee at Food52
Inspired at the Portland Farmers Market, this autumn lasagna recipe by Mary Catherine Tee harnesses the flavors of fall: pumpkins, squash, kale, and other farmer’s market staples. Tee successfully combines the flavors of kale, Italian sausage, sugar-pie pumpkin béchamel, herbed-ricotta, and fresh mozzarella in this unique twist to traditional lasagna. Perfect for Thanksgiving too! Get the recipe at Food52.
White Lasagna with Swiss Chard, Leeks, and Gruyère
Photo by James Ransom, recipe by Sarah Schuster at Food52
Sarah Schuster’s white lasagna recipe combines creamy béchamel with the earthiness of wilted greens in this lasagna for those who want to forego meat. It’s a delightful combination of leeks and Swiss chard topped off by indulgent Gruyère and Parmigiano Reggiano. Get the recipe at Food52.
Lasagna Verde (Vegetable Lasagna)
Photo by Jenny Huang, recipe by Food52
Another vegetarian take at the traditional lasagna, this Lasagna Verde recipe is even more perfect the day after, as the flavors combine after it sits. Whether for entertaining or simply having the family around for dinner, this make-ahead recipe is perfect for any occasion. Grab the recipe at Food52.
Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion’s Skillet Lasagna
Photo by James Ransom, recipe by Genius Recipes at Food52
This skillet lasagna uses sweet or hot Italian sausages, basil leaves, cream cheese, fresh mozzarella, and no-boil lasagna noodles so you save time and effort in preparing this hearty dish. Grab the recipe at Food52.
Lasagna Day 2020: Lasagna Essentials
1. Barilla Pasta Wavy Lasagne, 16 oz
Great recipes begin with great ingredients. That’s why when cooking up some lasagna for Lasagna Day 2020, make sure you go for the Barilla brand, which offers wavy lasagne that is wide and ridged so that it can better hold ingredients in place. This wavy lasagne is made from high quality durum wheat to provide the perfect pasta texture and flavor to your homemade lasagna. This lasagne is made with non-GMO ingredients, has a low glycemic index, and is enriched with iron and B vitamins. It is also lactose-free, peanut-free, and shellfish-free. It has an overall customer rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Why customers love it: “I will never use those no boil, again. These are supple and stay tasty and have a good feel on the tongue. Sauce is NOT absorbed to the point of dryness and they bake up a delicious lasagna.” Che
2. Amazon Brand Happy Belly Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, Low Moisture Part-Skim Milk, 8 Ounce
Oh the endless possibilities with mozzarella cheese! Cook your favorite lasagna, pizza, and other cheesy dishes with this mozzarella cheese from Happy Belly, which comes in an 8-ounce resealable bag. This shredded mozzarella cheese is easy to use and flavorful. It’s packed with calcium and is low moisture and part-skim milk mozzarella, providing a creamy, mild flavor that’s perfect for pizza and pasta dishes. This product has an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Also comes in a 32-ounce pack.
Why customers love it: “Tasted great for the price. I used it in lasagna and it melted well.” Charlyne Strachan
3. Galbani Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese, 15 oz
Whether you’re crafting a lovely meal for Lasagna Day 2020 or making desserts such as a decadent cheesecake or cannolis, the Galbani Ricotta Cheese is a must-have in the kitchen. Unlike other ricotta cheese, this is made with whole milk, which is ideal when making extra-creamy lasagna or cheesecakes and other recipes that require an extra cheesy and creamy punch and rich flavor. This product has an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Why customers love it: “I bought this because it’s the brand to which I’m accustomed and it is wonderfully delicious…It’s smooth, sweet (no sweeteners in it) and delicious enough to eat without accompanying it with anything else…It would be GREAT to use as an ingredient in a cheesecake because it’s so smooth and has that natural sweetness in it. You’ll find this superior to all other ricotta cheeses on the market, and most of all, it’s kosher which is an absolute must for me.” CoolGramma
4. Applegate Organic Sweet Italian Sausage, 12oz
Some lasagna recipes call for Italian sausage and when it does, make sure you go for Applegate Organics. Their meat products do not contain antibiotics or added hormones, no chemical nitrites or nitrates, and are Non-GMO Project verified. These sweet Italian sausages are made with organic chicken and contains sea salt, organic vinegar, baking soda, organic spices, organic fennel, and organic garlic. This product has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Why customers love it: “I used it to make a lasagna. Cut it into very small pieces and mix it with a pound of grass fed ground beef to prepare the meat sauce. It was amazing! Then I found out that it was made from chicken, which I hate, however, it was so good that from now on, I will use this one for my meat sauce recipe. I mean, I cooked for very picky Italians and they loved it too.” Marvidcosda
5. Organic Basil, 0.75 oz Clamshell
When cooking your homemade meals this Lasagna Day 2020, make sure you gather only the freshest ingredients, just like this organic basil, which adds a sweet, savory flavor to any dish. This aromatic herb truly brings life to any dish, Italian or otherwise. The best part? It’s actually packed with natural antioxidant vitamins and minerals that are good for you, including vitamin K, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. This product has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Why customers love it: “The basil package was not too stemmy, with nice big leaves, and nothing was wilty or sad. If you’re looking for good quality Basil, give this one a shot! (Bonus points: It’s organic, so it just -feels- better to buy it.)” Danno and Avey
Lasagna Day 2020: The Best Lasagna Pans for Baking
1. CasaWare Ceramic Coated NonStick Lasagna/Roaster Pan in Rose Gold Granite
Topping the list of the best lasagna pans for Lasagna Day 2020 is the CasaWare Ceramic Coated NonStick Lasagna/Roaster Pan, which comes in an array of gorgeous colors that will match any kitchen. Designed with Ceramic Non-Stick Technology that makes for easy cleaning and effortless maintenance, this pan features a unique FDA California Proposition 65 and European Union approved ceramic coating that is safe to use for cooking, baking, and serving food to your family. It measures 13 x 10 x 3 inches and comes with a complimentary high temperature non-stick red granite colored finish. Its double coated ceramic surface is made of over 0.6 mm carbon steel that provides long lasting durability, scratch resistance, and a heat tolerability of 536°F. This pan is highly recommended for its easy cleaning, durability, value for money, lightweight, sturdiness, and thickness. It has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “I have made lasagna 5 times with this dish and it is perfect. Very strong build with no signs of the coating wearing off. very easy to clean. I would highly recommend this dish to anyone.” Michael Fiore
2. Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 14-Inch Lasagna Pan
Gather the family for a hearty serving of home-made lasagna using this lasagna pan from Cuisinart. The classic non-stick pan features a hard anodized construction and a quantanium non-stick premium cooking surface for easy cleaning and maintenance. It also features riveted stainless side handles so you can safely and easily lift it out of the oven without any spills or accidents. These handles are also cool grip so you’re safe from burns. This lasagna pan offers just the right space for multi-layered lasagnas. It is highly recommended by customers for its heat distribution, versatility, durability, and scratch resistance. This product is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Beautiful lasagna pan. It matches my other pots and pans in the Chef’s Classic line and is very non-stick. I made the best lasagna I’ve had in my life in this, and also have now used it as a roasting pan for chickens. No regrets and perfect size and depth!” Vitreous
3. Rachael Ray Solid Glaze Ceramics Roasting Pan/Baking Pan/Lasagna Pan in Red
Featuring a durable stoneware construction paired with bold colors that flatter any kitchen, this roasting, baking, and lasagna pan features wide handles that are comfortable to grasp for easy and safe transferring of dishes from the oven to the table. It is oven safe to 500°F, and dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. With its coordinating colors and style, you can easily mix and match with other Rachael Ray pieces that makes serving so much easier. No more transfering to other servingware, making it great for both everyday use or for entertaining occasions. Measures 9 x 13 inches. Customers are raving about this pan’s giftability, durability, versatility, sturdiness, and ease of cleaning. It has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Loved how the lasagna cooked in this pan! The presentation was very impressive also! The size is perfect for lasagna and with the handles built in it makes transferring from oven to table easy.” Jane Rita
4. Chicago Metallic Professional Lasagna Trio Bread Loaf Pan in Silver
For families or groups with picky eaters, this lasagna pan is just the perfect one for you. Our list of the best lasagna pans for Lasagna Day 2020 won’t be complete without this Chicago Metallic piece, which lets you prepare 3 types of lasagna recipes in one pan at the same time! It is designed with 3 separate channels that fit standard lasagna noodles. It offers superior heat conduction and even baking because it is made from heavy-weight carbon steel. It also features easy release, silicone based, non-stick coating for easier cleanup. The best part? You can also use this to bake different kinds of bread loaves! It measures 13 by 9 by 1-1/2-inch, with each loaf measuring 3-1/2 by 1-1/2-inch high. It is heat safe up to 450°F. Customers are raving about its sturdiness, giftability, ease of cleaning, heat distribution, versatility, and durability. This pan has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “We have allergies, picky eaters and ones who eat everything and this pan is perfect for us. I can make three different lasagnas for dinner and everyone gets what they want in one pan. It was wonderful and everyone was happy and everyone got what they wanted. The best thing I have bought in years!” Diane Hutson
5. Emile Henry HR Modern Classics Large Rectangular Baker in Spring Green
Emile Henry’s signature Burgundy clay and French construction techniques combine in this one of a kind rectangular baker that’s perfect for crafting lasagnas all day long. This pan is resistant to thermal shock and is safe for broiler and microwave use and is oven safe to 500°F. From freezer to oven, this pan is ready to go anytime you are. It features attractive, scratch-resistant glazes with colors inspired by nature, are lead and cadmium free, and provide an ultra-smooth, virtually nonstick cooking surface that lets you clean up effortlessly. This family dish is deep enough for 4 to 6 layers of lasagna, making it a must-have for every summer party or dinner moving forward. It measures 13 x 9 inches. Customers love that it is giftable, easy to clean, durable, and offers value for money. It has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Promising review: “Very happy with this lasagna pan. I really like emile henry products, and this lasagna pan is no exception. I made a lasagna in it with store bought noodles, and it fit four noodles evenly across. Cleaned up great!” Runfast59
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